"I Blanked, It Happens" - Gary Johnson Makes No Excuses For His Aleppo Slip

Following his Aleppo flub this morning, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has issued a statement:

This morning, I began my day by setting aside any doubt that I’m human. Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict — I talk about them every day. But hit with “What about Aleppo?”, I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign.

 

Can I name every city in Syria? No. Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes. Do I understand its significance? Yes.

 

As Governor, there were many things I didn’t know off the top of my head. But I succeeded by surrounding myself with the right people, getting to the bottom of important issues, and making principled decisions. It worked. That is what a President must do.

 

That would begin, clearly, with daily security briefings that, to me, will be fundamental to the job of being President.

While some presidential candidates might have claimed it was a sexist question, attempted to distract from the question with ad hominem attacks, or blamed past medical problems, libertarian Gary Johnson offered a refreshingly honest statement basically saying, "sorry, I am human."